Leo Tolstoy Google Doodle is another group effort, with the help of San Francisco illustrator, Roman Muradov to brighten the Google homepage and bring smiles to the faces of Google users around the world. Google is celebrating Leo Tolstoy’s 186th birthday. The Google Doodle is showing the great author in cartoon form, deep in contemplation as he writes one of his masterpieces by candlelight. But, who is Leo Tolstoy? Count Lev Nikolayevich Tolstoy also known as Leo Tolstoy, was a Russian writer, philosopher and political thinker who primarily wrote novels and short stories.

Leo Tolstoy

Leo Tolstoy Google Doodle

Born September 09, 1828 into an aristocratic family, on the ancestral estate of Yasnaya Polyana, Leo Tolstoy was a master of realistic fiction and is widely considered one of the greatest novelists of all time. He is best known for two long novels, War and Peace (1869) and Anna Karenina (1877). He first achieved literary acclaim in his 20s with his semi-autobiographical trilogy of novels, Childhood, Boyhood, and Youth (1852–1856) and Sevastopol Sketches (1855), based on his experiences in the Crimean War. His fiction output also includes two additional novels, dozens of short stories, and several famous novellas, including “The Death of Ivan Ilyich”, “Family Happiness”, and “Hadji Murad”. Later in life, he also wrote plays and essays.

Leo Tolstoy is equally known for his complicated and paradoxical persona and for his extreme moralistic and ascetic views, which he adopted after a moral crisis and spiritual awakening in the 1870s, after which he also became noted as a moral thinker, social reformer, and Georgist. His literal interpretation of the ethical teachings of Jesus, centering on the Sermon on the Mount, caused him in later life to become a fervent Christian anarchist and anarcho-pacifist. His ideas on nonviolent resistance, expressed in such works as The Kingdom of God Is Within You, were to have a profound impact on such pivotal twentieth-century figures as Mohandas Gandhi, Martin Luther King, Jr. and James Bevel.

To honor the Russian writer, Google showed scenes from various works of Leo Tolstoy in a slideshow. “Anna Karenina” is brought to life by Google with an image of Anna and Vronsky as they first meet. His epic novel, “War and Peace”, is illustrated with Pierre Bezukhov, looking up at the great comet of 1812.

Doodles are the fun, surprising, and sometimes spontaneous changes that are made to the Google logo to celebrate holidays, anniversaries, and the lives of famous artists, pioneers, and scientists. The idea of Google Doodle not only aims to celebrate interesting events and anniversaries, it also reflect to Google’s personality and love for innovation. Check out brief but nicely done Leo Tolstoy Google Doodle here.

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